May 7, 2024

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Then thoroughly scrub them with a 50/50 solution of household ammonia and water. Sand the cabinets with 80-grit sandpaper to remove bumps and roughen the surface.

On the doors, transfer the number from the tape to the exposed wood under one hinge. Be sure to mark each drawer front and door with a marker to prevent mixing up the doors. The best place for this mark is behind the hinge location.

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It’s not as simple as just ordering larger doors, though. Since the doors will overlap the frame farther than a conventional hinge allows, you’ll also have to order a special concealed “cup” hinge that fits into a 35mm hole in the back of the door . The hinge is attached to the face frame of the cabinet with a separate piece called a mounting plate. Mounting plates are available in different sizes (1/4, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 1, 1-1/8, 1-1/4 and 1-3/8, and 1-3/8 to infinity) depending on how far you want the door to overlap the face frame. Photo 4 shows how to measure each door opening for the correct-sized mounting plate.

Press the face frame onto it so the frame is even with the sides of the cabinet. Then, hammer in finish nails or use a nail gun to nail the face frame to the cabinet. You can make the side panels as high as you’d like your cabinet—anywhere from 30 to 36 inches is common. Though it may appear overwhelming, and it is labor-intensive, you are essentially placing boxes next to each other on the wall and floor. With a helper and a plan, it’ll take around a day or two to put cabinets into an average-sized kitchen. Shoot a laser level line across the back wall at about 30 inches high as a point of reference. The exact height does not matter, other than it should be at a convenient height.

The adjusting screws look like Phillips head screws but are actually designed to be used with a special Pozi screwdriver. Install and adjust the doors before installing the drawer fronts. When all the doors and drawers fronts are on and adjusted, go back and add the second screw to the hinge mounting plate and tighten all the adjusting screws.

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If you prefer a more modern-looking cabinet, you can skip the face panels and install drawers or doors directly onto the cabinet. Generally, you should install cabinets before the flooring. The flooring will butt up against the edges of the base cabinets.

But for a glass-smooth surface, you can even use #320 sandpaper. If you do not already own this type of sander, it may be worthwhile to purchase one since it will considerably reduce your workload.